DIY: Zero waste lip balm
Lip balm is something I always love to keep with me. And where I was aiming for sustainable living, the pile of plastic containers of the lip balm definitely bothered me. Plus, the chemicals that were used in these chapsticks gave me an urge to go for an easy DIY lip balm.
I could select what I wanted to add and what could’ve been avoided easily. Unnecessary chemicals for tinting or others for increasing the shelf life were not required at all. And also the plastic packaging… I got rid of that as well.
So I chose to make a lip balm on my own and trust me this worked a lot better in hydration than the market bought balms. This is easy to make, is plastic-free and is chemical free (and also is much cheaper even :P)
Without blabbering any further, let’s jump onto the recipe for zero waste natural lip balm.
Beeswax– 1 tablespoon
Coconut Oil– 1 tablespoon
Vit E capsules– 2 Nos.
An empty container for storage (use your old lip balm’s container)
Beetroot Powder or alkanet powder- to tint your lip balm
Shea Butter- for extra hydration
Procedure for your DIY Lip Balm
- Start by preparing a double boiler to melt the ingredients. Take a large pot and fill it with one to two inches of water. Heat the water and place a small bowl on it.
- Now it’s time to melt the ingredients. Add beeswax and coconut oil to the small bowl and let it melt. Keep on stirring this mixture till you notice homogeneity. If you have dry lips and are looking for more hydration, then add a tablespoon of shea butter also.
- Turn the flame off and add in 2 Vit E capsules and mix it slowly.
- With the help of a spoon, transfer this mixture into a container. Be cautious while doing this step.
Your basic and easiest homemade lip balm is ready. If you want to colour it, simply add a pinch of beetroot or alkanet powder. If you are aiming for a lighter shade, then go for beetroot powder. And if you are aiming for cherry red pigmentation, then add alkanet root powder to it.
Essential oils, coco butter, and several other ingredients can also be added to this. However, the aforementioned ingredients can provide you with the ideal hydration and color as well.
- You can use carnauba wax to replace beeswax for a vegan option.
- Use a spoon while transferring the product into your container.
- The color of the mixture will start lightening as it cools off. So prepare the mixture for a higher shade variant, and you might get the desired result later on.
- Choose a clean jar to store your lip balm in to avoid any contamination.
- This DIY lip balm recipe will last for 6 months, so no extra preservatives are required.
- If you wish to, then just refrigerate this lap balm. Do not go for freezing this.
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